It is the right time to get busy with this fantastic natural remedy

The Good Life Letter 

5th February 2017

So, Friday was my chance to vent about the nastiness of corporate pharmaceutical companies and their shoddy practice.

Today I want to concern myself with a much more pleasant subject – in fact one of my favourites, Manuka honey.

For the last decade I have been on a voyage of discovery about this amazing, beneficial and truly delectable natural product and I would like to share some of those stories with you today.

In the early years I thought I needed to find the honey with the highest UMF rating (Unique Manuka Factor) to ensure I was getting the best product I could, the one that would be the most potent natural remedy.

You see I knew that this ancient compound was just about the best natural anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal remedy I could find, and I reasoned that if I opted for the big numbered UMF variety I would be turbo-charging these beneficial effects.

This was my first mistake.

I discovered that the UMF rating is not linked to healthy properties at all, nor is it a sign of purity in the honey. In fact, many of the high value honeys being sold for large money in the UK are a blend of Kanuka (a distant relative of the Manuka bush) and other cheaper honeys – in some cases even sugar syrup is used.

You see the test that is done to come up with this number is just a system to protect the honey from suppliers who are part of a commercial organisation – a way to stop other smaller producers from getting their product recognised unless they pay the fees to the organisation which controls it.

So I quickly came to the conclusion that the UMF was not a sign of quality at all – if anything I would just be paying for a name rather than certified good honey.

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Next I looked to find the special quality I desired and thought that you, the readers, deserved, by talking to some folk in the know – The New Zealand Honey Association.

They told me about a few small producers who were producing some exceptionally good and pure honey, but importantly they told me about the benefits of raw honey.

It was something I hadn’t considered before, but the closer the honey is in consistency, content and colour to how it was in the hive means that it will be much more potent.

I was told how most of the big producers, and many of the other commercial organisations, overheat the honey to make it flow through pipes easier and therefore get into the jars quicker.

However, if the honey is heated above the level it was kept in the hive it quickly deteriorates and much of the valuable micro-nutrients within it are denatured, hence many of its properties are destroyed.

Finally, they told me that if a honey is put through too many sieving processes it loses important components like pollen, longer chain honey proteins and Propolis – again not good if you want a healing honey.

It became clear that what we needed was a raw and pure honey, and one that had been treated with respect and care throughout its processing and production.

And I wanted to know how to ensure that the honey we were buying was indeed real Manuka rather than an expensive imitation, and that was where the final part of the jigsaw dropped into place.

You see I found that my thinking was being confused by the newspaper hype who were telling us that criminals had been counterfeiting Manuka to fleece the British buyers, and whilst this is a concern and needs to be addressed there is also something natural occurring…

…bees spend a lot of time foraging for nectar in order to make their honey and they are not confined to one variety of flower from which to do so, hence if the hives are not sited in an area where there are only Manuka bushes then the honey can be a natural mix of nectars.

This set me off on my final task – where could I find a producer who located their hives where only Manuka bushes were in flower at the times the bees were active, and harvested the honey before any other plants developed.

This long journey led me to the perfect honey, one that was not heated, had not been filtered too finely and most importantly where the producer ensured purity and even checked the pollen in the finished product to prove it.

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The amazing healing power found in every jar

I sometimes get carried away just with the taste of this fantastic honey, and I forget that it is also one of the most ancient and effective remedies; something that was regularly buried with the Pharaohs to care for them in the afterlife.

Recent research has shown that good quality Manuka honey can be effective in treating:

Bacterial infections from E.Coli (the commonest form of hospital acquired infections)(1)
Major skin problems such as burns, ulcers and wounds(2)
Long term digestive and gut upsets which are often the result of bacterial imbalance(3)
Conditions caused by inflammation such as helping reduce the incidence of, and the symptoms from, asthma and rhinitis(4)
The effects and impact of common colds, flu and viral chest infections(5)
Conditions which modern antibiotics can’t cope with or where resistance has developed such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)(6)

We are never without honey in our home both to enjoy as a natural sweetener and as a valuable and effective addition to our medicine chest.

Having carried out the years of research into this vital yet rare commodity I am confident that our chosen Manuka will not let you down.

Choose the honey that ticks all the boxes – Pure and Raw Manuka Honey

Yours, as always



(1) Ahmed, M., Djebli, N., Aissat, S., Zerrouki, K., & Bourabeh, A. (2013). In Vitro Synergistic Antibacterial Activity of Natural Honey Combined with Curcuma Starch and their Correlation with Diastase Number, Flavonoid and Polyphenol Content. Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology.
(2) Molan, Peter C. "The use of manuka honey to promote wound healing." (2013).
(3) M Alvarez-Suarez, J., Giampieri, F., & Battino, M. (2013). Honey as a Source of Dietary Antioxidants: Structures, Bioavailability and Evidence of Protective Effects Against Human Chronic Diseases. Current medicinal chemistry, 20(5), 621-638.
(4) No, I. (2013). A spoonful of honey helps a coughing child sleep. The journal of Family Practice, 62(3).
(5) Watanabe, K., Rahmasari, R., Matsunaga, A., Haruyama, T., & Kobayashi, N. (2014). Anti-influenza viral effects of honey in vitro: potent high activity of manuka honey. Archives of medical research, 45(5), 359-365.
(6) Visavadia, B. G., Honeysett, J., & Danford, M. H. (2008). Manuka honey dressing: An effective treatment for chronic wound infections. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 46(1), 55-56.


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